6 Ways to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Windows 10 & 11

Windows laptops and desktops have several native tools for capturing screenshots fast—utilize them, and you can improve your workplace communication by a mile. But sometimes, you want to share a screenshot of a scrolling screen, and, unfortunately, the native tools can only capture the visible area. Luckily, we have a few tricks in the hat, so let’s share our six best and easiest methods to capture scrolling screenshots on Windows 10 and 11.

Ian Mutuli | May 15, 2024 | 8 min read time

Article Last Updated: May 21, 2024

6 Ways to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Windows 10 & 11

There’s no doubt that screen capture is imperative for communication today. You can use screenshots in customer success and boost workplace productivity through fast and clear communication.

We have covered different ways to capture screenshots on Windows with shortcuts – including on a Dell, Asus, and HP laptop. Unfortunately, most of the methods do not support scrolling capture. So, today, we want to share more ways to take a scrolling screenshot on Windows 10 and 11.

Read on and see how to use Zight to capture a scrolling screenshot as GIFs, as well as how to capture scrolling screenshots on your favorite browsers.

But first:

What Is Scrolling Capture?

Scrolling capture, also known as a scrolling screenshot, is a method of capturing content that extends beyond the visible area of the display screen. It allows you to take a continuous screenshot of an entire webpage, document, or any other content that can be scrolled through, either vertically or horizontally.

This capture helps share information that cannot be displayed on a single screen—you can share or save long content pages like web articles, lengthy documents, or extensive spreadsheets without stitching multiple screenshots together.

Here’s how to capture scrolling screenshot windows:

1. Best Third-Party Tool: Zight

When you need a scrolling capture on Windows, you have to look beyond your native tools and, even then, choose between many screenshot tools to find one with the feature. If you already have Zight installed, you can capture the content of your full pages as GIFs using the Windows app and Chrome extension.

With this best screenshot tool, you record all content on your online and offline page as follows:

  1. Open your Zight app and click GIF. This allows you to scroll through all the content on your screen and record everything in a looping video that you can upload anywhere.
  2. Select Full Screen and Screen Only, then Start Recording. Wait out the three-second timer, then start scrolling your page to record all content.
  3. You can pause your recording at any moment to annotate. You have different features here, including adding a line, highlighter, ellipse, rectangle, or arrow.
  4. Once you’re done, click the finish button, and your GIF will upload to the cloud. You can then share it as a video link, eliminating the download and upload fuss that complicates fast and effective communication.

Alternatively, you can use the Zight extension to capture scrolling contents of any Google tab. Here’s how:

  1. Ensure you have installed and enabled the Zight extension, then open the Google Chrome page you want to capture.
  2. Then, open the Zight extension and click GIF.
  3. Choose the tab you want to capture, then click Share. You will get a three-second timer, after which Zight will start recording the content on that screen. To capture a scrolling screenshot, scroll down as you record and when done, click Stop Sharing.
  4. Zight will upload the GIF to the cloud, and you can then share the capture as a link.

A Zight GIF allows you to capture the entire page at a slow pace and annotate as you go. This helps you improve your communication, especially when you’d like to guide your recipient to crucial sections on the page.

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  • Capture or record your screen
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Even better, the GIF will be hosted on the cloud, so once you share the link, your recipient will always have access to the page content as long as the link is active. You can leave comments (and tag your team members) on the Zight link, and they will be notified of the new changes instead of reseding the screenshot each time.

2. Using Google Chrome

Scrolling Screen Capture on Google Chrome

You probably use Google Chrome daily, but did you know the browser has a built-in screenshot tool that supports scrolling screenshot capture? Here’s how to access and use it:

  1. Open the Inspect Panel: You can do this by either:
    • Right-clicking on any part of the webpage and selecting “Inspect” from the context menu
    • Using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+I while within the browser
    • Going to the three-dot menu at the top-right corner of Chrome, selecting “More tools,” and then choosing “Developer Tools”
  2. Open the Run Command Box:
    • Once the Developer Tools panel is open, you can access the Run Command Box by pressing Ctrl+Shift+P
  3. Take the Screenshot:
    • In the Run Command Box, type “Screenshot,” and several screenshot options will appear (see the screenshot above)
    • Select “Capture full-size screenshot.” This command will capture the entire length of the webpage, not just what you see on your screen
  4. Download the Screenshot:
    • The screenshot automatically downloads to your PC, typically saving to your default download folder

This is a straightforward method for capturing a full-page screenshot of your web page, and it works seamlessly on Windows 10 and 11.

To share the screen capture;

  • Click the Chrome Downloads icon, then select the screenshot—it will automatically open on the Photos app, and you can click Alt+ Up (the up arrow on your keyboard) to see your sharing options.
  • Alternatively, you can right-click on the download and click Show in Folder. Then, right-click again, click Send To and share via the different methods listed.
  • You can also share the screenshot by uploading it through different apps like email, Slack, Trello, or any other that allows uploading.

3. Using Mozilla Firefox

Scrolling screenshot tool on Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is another popular browser for Windows. If you use it frequently, you’ll need to know how to capture screenshots without leaving the browser. Like Chrome, it has a built-in screenshot tool that lets you capture long, scrolling screenshots in a few clicks. Here’s how to set it up for frequent use:

  1. Open Firefox: Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser and navigate to the page you wish to capture
  2. Customize the Toolbar: To do so;
    • Click on the three horizontal lines (often called the “hamburger” menu) in the upper-right corner of the browser
    • Select “More Tools” and then “Customize Toolbar”
  3. Add the Screenshot Icon:
    • From the customization options, find the “Screenshot” icon (it has a pair of scissors and will highlight the name screenshot when you hover over it with your mouse). You may need to scroll through the available Mozilla tools to find it
    • Drag the “Screenshot” icon to your toolbar for easy access
  4. Capture the Full Page:
    • Go back to the web page you wish to capture
    • Click the “Screenshot” icon on your toolbar
    • Select “Save Full Page.” Firefox will capture the entire length of the webpage
  5. Save the Screenshot:
    • The screenshot will be captured instantly, and you will be prompted to Copy or Download it

This method allows you to easily capture long webpages directly within Mozilla Firefox. And once you easily capture scrolling screenshots, you can share them as follows:

  • If you select “Copy,” the screenshot will be copied to your clipboard. In this case, you can paste the image directly to your recipient without needing to save it on your PC
  • If you click “Download,” the screenshot will be saved to your PC, and you can find it in the downloads list on Mozilla or the downloads folder on your PC. From here, you can open it in Photos or share it through communication platforms that allow uploading

4. Using Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft Edge Web Capture Tool

Another popular browser, Microsoft Edge, has some really good screen capture features, and it all takes just a few clicks. When you have a web page open that you want to capture, here’s how to do so:

  • Open Microsoft Edge: Launch the browser and navigate to the web page you want to capture
  • Access the Web Capture Feature: To do so;
    • You can open the Web Capture tool by right-clicking on the web page (any part of the screen) and selecting “Screenshot” from the context menu
    • You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+S
    • Alternatively, you can click the three-dot menu icon at the top right corner of Edge and select “Screenshot” from the drop-down menu
  • Capture the Full Page:
    • Once the Web Capture tool is open, you will see options such as “Capture area” and “Capture full page.” Click on “Capture full page” to take a long scrolling screenshot of the entire web page.
  • Save or Edit the Screenshot:
    • After capturing, you can view the screenshot directly in Edge. From here, if you need to make annotations or highlight specific parts of the screenshot, you can use the drawing and text tools provided within the Web Capture interface before saving.
    • Then, you can save it to your device, copy it, or share it through Edge.

5. Using ShareX

ShareX for scrolling screenshots

Sometimes, you want to capture a scrolling screenshot of your offline documents, especially PDFs and Word Documents. Since you can’t use the web-based features above, we recommend using ShareX, a free and open-source screenshot software that’s wildly popular with gamers. To use it:

  1. Download and launch ShareX:
    • You can download it from the official website or through platforms like GitHub
    • Then, launch ShareX on your computer. Then, open and maximize the window that contains the document or application you want to capture. Make sure it is the active window
  2. Select ‘Capture Scrolling Window’:
    • In the ShareX main window, click on the “Capture” menu
    • Choose “Scrolling capture” from the dropdown menu
  3. Start the Scrolling Capture:
    • After selecting “Scrolling capture,” a new window will pop up, asking you to choose the window you want to capture. Click on the target window
    • ShareX will then give you instructions to start the capture, usually pressing a specific key or clicking within the window to initiate scrolling
  4. Adjust Settings:
    • ShareX offers settings for scrolling captures, such as delay before capture starts, the speed of scrolling, and the number of scrolls. Adjust these settings based on the length and complexity of the document you are capturing
  5. Review and Save:
    • Once the capture is complete, the image will be shown in the ShareX image editor, where you can review it
    • You can then edit, annotate, or directly save the image to your preferred location

6. Using DemoAir Online Web Page Screenshot Tool

The DemoAir scrolling screenshot tool

You still have more options for capturing scrolling screenshots of your live web pages. To do so on any browser, you need an online tool like Demo Air. It is simple to use and requires just a few steps.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Go to the DemoAir webpage. This tool is accessible directly from your browser without the need to install software.
  2. Type or paste the URL of the webpage you want to capture into the designated field on DemoAir.
  3. Ensure that the “Full-page Screenshot” option is enabled to capture the entire webpage length.
  4. Click the “Capture” button to start the process. DemoAir will then generate a screenshot of the webpage.
  5. Once the screenshot is generated, you can edit it if necessary (e.g., crop, resize, blur). After editing, click Done to download and save the screenshot to your PC. Alternatively, you can save the image to the cloud through Wondershare Drive.

To Sum It Up

As we’ve seen, it is now better to capture scrolling screenshots rather than just what’s visible on your computer screen. Scrolling screenshots capture everything on a tab or open window, even when you can’t see it yourself.

This makes the screenshot invaluable when communicating visually with your teams, especially on a long document. You can later annotate and edit the screenshot using Zight and leave all instructions. It definitely makes work easier compared to when you’d need to capture several screenshots and stitch them together!

In this article, we’ve shared an easy way to capture scrolling screenshots as GIFs with Zight for easier viewing. But if you end up using any of the other methods we discussed, you can also upload the scrolling screenshots to Zight for cloud storage and easy sharing via a link. Even better, you can annotate the screenshots for better team communication!

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